Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank chronicles a
day in the life of three ambitious, passionate but misguided filmmakers
as they set out to do a quick pre-prod at Starbucks, a courtesy call to
their lead actress, Eugene Domingo, and an ocular inspection of their
film's major location, the Payatas dump site.
Director Rainier, producer Bingbong and production assistant Jocelyn are
well-to-do, well educated film school graduates who are dead set on
making an Oscar-worthy film. They believe they have a winning script,
the energy and the drive to make their dreams come true. Like most
filmmakers they know, they have devised a screenplay that will show the
real essence of our culture: poverty.
In the course of one day, they brainstorm and exhaust all possible
treatment of their project: the story of Mila (Eugene Domingo), a mother
from the slums, who out of desperation to survive has sold her child to
a pedophile. As they discuss the possible executions of the story, the
movie-within-a-movie gets reborn in Joyce's imagination several times.
As a gritty no frills neo-realistic film, as a glossy musical, as an
over-the-top melodrama and as a docu-drama using non-actors.
For their last task of the day, they visit the dump site for the first
time. As filmmakers gunning for authenticity, they get excited with the
"beauty" of the squalor around them. Soon enough, they are faced with
reality as they come face to face with the real effects of their chosen
Babae Sa Septic Tank is a comedy about misguided ambitions, the art of making art and the romanticization of poverty.
with ENGLISH subtitles
Eugene Domingo, JM De Guzman, Kean Cipriano, Cai Cortez